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Inadverdant

Posted by Jessica Ballantyne on September 24, 2017 at 3:03pm 0 Comments

Within

Posted by Fallen Messenger on September 23, 2017 at 2:06pm 0 Comments

All but Bliss

Posted by Jessica Ballantyne on September 21, 2017 at 7:00am 0 Comments

I am better

Posted by greyartist on September 20, 2017 at 11:54am 1 Comment

Idealism , a factor in daydreaming

Posted by Ano Nito on September 19, 2017 at 6:37pm 0 Comments

To do or not to do?

Posted by Siôn on September 18, 2017 at 4:23pm 3 Comments

A catchy quote

Posted by Jessica Ballantyne on September 18, 2017 at 1:43pm 0 Comments

A little introduction

Posted by Lou on September 17, 2017 at 11:12am 1 Comment

Waiting for a better life

Posted by Jessica Ballantyne on September 16, 2017 at 7:50am 0 Comments

Which is worse with MD?

Posted by David Burkett on September 12, 2017 at 8:54pm 1 Comment

Pacing

Posted by David Burkett on September 11, 2017 at 6:28am 6 Comments

Question

Posted by David Burkett on September 10, 2017 at 4:59pm 0 Comments

Dropping my AP class

Posted by Kaitlyn Quach on September 10, 2017 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Discovering MD and my Struggles

Posted by Hannah on September 9, 2017 at 10:30pm 3 Comments

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Head banging?

Everyday multiple times a day I blast music and bang my head on my arms while I daydream. It doesn't hurt but I do have a bruise on my forehead because of it. Is this common?
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Eli Somer PhD (MD researcher) Hosting Maladaptive Daydreaming AMA Oct 2-4

Dr Eli Somer will be hosting an Ask Me Anything discussion on the r/maladaptivedreaming subreddit Oct 2-4.  Below is the link to the official announcement on Reddit, if you don't already have an account it is free and simple to make one so you can post a question.https://www.reddit.com/r/MaladaptiveDreaming/comments/7287r3/eli_somer_phd_md_researcher_hosting_maladaptive/See More
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Inadverdant

To be honest, I am gradually dumping my habits of excessive daydreaming. Every since I awakened to the realization that I've been living a 'dream life' over a great 'real life,' I was intensely distraught on the inside! I thought all my opportunities to form relationships, grow in a successful career, see interesting new places and live in a very nice house eventually just blown out the window, perhaps, for many years to come. This summer I felt so very discouraged and unsafe in my own skin. My…See More
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David Burkett replied to Dave Rair's discussion Knee problems due to pacing.
"I have always paced alot my entire life and that is how I found out about MD. Is pacing the most common body movement invovlved with MD?"
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David Burkett replied to David Burkett's discussion Body movements
"I saw a survey where very high majority said pacing. I pace alot. I was just wondering"
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Body movements

What is the most common body movement with MD?
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Fallen Messenger posted a blog post

Within

WithinThere's a conversation in her eyes,Continents and oceans,Stars and moons,A whole world of hidden emotion, There's a million people,In the world that we can’t see,Speaking,Through her broken lips of mystique. Impressions and dynamics,All leaving their mark on her heart,So that she might build,Her whole world to embark, Leaving behind,And a trail of broken glass,Her feet may bleed,But again, she returns to repass. A thousand voices,Come echoing through her head,Stars fall,For so it is…See More
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rose replied to Dave Rair's discussion Knee problems due to pacing.
"Yes. I am 36. I used to pace a lot while DD for hours . Now I have issues with my knees.  "
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Knee problems due to pacing.

Has anyone here suffered from knee problems, the chronic ones due to pacing too much. I usually have to pace while DDing. Sometimes it ends up being for hours. Until my knees are aching badly. I am afraid it may give rise to future knee problems. Though I am really unsure. I guess I am kinda young to have 'em right now. But yeah. Has anyone had problems similar to this due to pacing or some other intense activity that accompanies them during DDing? -DaveSee More
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"Meghan, he lives in the same apartment complex as me. I was walking up the stairs murmuring to myself and he was just leaving his apartment. We created each other painfully and walked briskly away from the scene."
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Ele replied to Ele's discussion Love life
"Thank you for your replies :) I think you are right, it must be because I start to create a different version of that person in my mind and as soon as I notice something that I don't like I take a step back. But now that I know the truth about…"
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.

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Knee problems due to pacing.

Started by Dave Rair. Last reply by Dave Rair 13 hours ago. 4 Replies

Has anyone here suffered from knee problems, the chronic ones due to pacing too much. I usually have to pace while DDing. Sometimes it ends up being for hours. Until my knees are aching badly. I am afraid it may give rise to future knee problems.…Continue

Head banging?

Started by Jephunnae Scarver yesterday. 0 Replies

Everyday multiple times a day I blast music and bang my head on my arms while I daydream. It doesn't hurt but I do have a bruise on my forehead because of it. Is this common?

Eli Somer PhD (MD researcher) Hosting Maladaptive Daydreaming AMA Oct 2-4

Started by Dimmer yesterday. 0 Replies

Dr Eli Somer will be hosting an Ask Me Anything discussion on the r/maladaptivedreaming subreddit Oct 2-4.  Below is the link to the official announcement on Reddit, if you don't already have an account it is free and simple to make one so you can…Continue

Body movements

Started by David Burkett. Last reply by David Burkett yesterday. 2 Replies

What is the most common body movement with MD?

Love life

Started by Ele. Last reply by Ele on Friday. 3 Replies

Hi,I'm new here nice to meet you all.I recently discovered about maladaptive daydreaming and everything finally made sense.One thing I wanted to ask, have anyone of you experienced problems with love and relationships?I'll explain better, I always…Continue

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About Erataia's Post

Started by Eren Kas. Last reply by Eren Kas on Friday. 10 Replies

I have read all of the posts of Erataia. I e-mailed her, messaged her, she tried to help me but I think she kinda bored  of me. She is'nt reponding me now. So I wanted to ask you people. It's been 1 years since I found her post. I readed so many…Continue

How many fiction writers have MD?

Started by caro. Last reply by caro Sep 19. 5 Replies

Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Continue

MDD effects my social situations

Started by Jessica Ballantyne Sep 19. 0 Replies

MDD seems to put an effect on my life and how I appear to people. My mind will be so preoccupied that my eyes will glance all over the room, even straight at people. I once accidentally stared at my sister a few times for nothing and she always…Continue

Yes, you can cure Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Eretaia. Last reply by Sabrina Sep 19. 168 Replies

Two years ago when I joined this community, I think I was more dead than alive. I've been waging quite a brutal war with maladaptive dreaming and the array of issues that underlie it ever since then and I'm on my way out of this prison. I wanted to…Continue

Tags: overcoming, maladaptive, daydreaming

I'm new to this, feedback appreciated.

Started by Jessica. Last reply by SamJ Sep 18. 3 Replies

I hope I am in the right place. I am in my later twenties and after almost 15 years I need answers. I have done a lot of research to get here, and have read some of your thoughts and struggles, but I wanted to explain my story a little more.…Continue

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    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.
    Pros:

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    Cons:
    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -forgetful
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    daydreaming.
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    help.
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    -Distraction
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    focused.
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    tired.
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.

    -Meditation

    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.

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